High Speed Photography


Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus

My second time through this amazing High Speed Photography course by talented photographer and friend Mariano Diez Peña.  Understanding the technical details is the first step, but then it all comes to creativity and timing – mostly timing.


Left: Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus  /   Right: Black-chinned siskin / Cabecitanegra austral / Sporagra barbata

Black-chinned siskins are quite temperamental.  When they are in the scene you sure get an interesting discussion.


Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus

As I said before, it’s all about timing, but there is a “luck” factor that weighs in too – a few mili-seconds later would have caught this little one with a totally different wing position.


Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus

Now, while this photo was taking the same day of the course, it isn’t the same “high speed” technique – instead it’s a normal lighting shot, with a pretty high ISO.  I like it a lot too.


White-throated treerunner / Picolezna patagónico / Pygarrhichas albogularis

Same thing with this beautiful White-throated treerunner, meaning – no high-speed but normal light in a rainy environment.

Last, but not least, was this hummingbird shot that I’m sharing next.  I was waiting for my turn on some gear, but the turn never came and I had to make it work with the resources I had at hand…  It did came out very nice too, look:


Green-backed firecrown / Picaflor rubí / Sephanoides sephaniodes

Thank you Marian for such an incredible opportunity to learn, practice and enjoy!

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